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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:25

November 9, 2018

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at https://newsroom.ap.org




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MICHELLE OBAMA — Obama says she felt “lost and alone” after suffering a miscarriage about 20 years ago and underwent in vitro fertilization to conceive her two daughters. SENT: 430 words, photo. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m., photos.

TRUMP-TAXES — Getting President Donald Trump’s tax returns is high on the list of Democratic priorities now that they have won the House. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

FRANCE-PLANE IMPOUNDED — Ryanair paid 525,000 euros ($610,000) in subsidies back to French authorities on Friday in order to end a tarmac standoff that forced 149 passengers to disembark from an impounded plane. SENT: 140 words.

RACIST SHIRT-FIRING — A hospital in Tennessee has fired a worker who was photographed wearing a racist shirt while voting in Mississippi.

JOHN MELLENCAMP-MEG RYAN ENGAGEMENT— Here’s a little ditty ’bout John and Meg. Singer John Mellencamp and actress Meg Ryan are getting married.

AUSTRALIA-CONJOINED TWINS — Conjoined twins from Bhutan have been separated at an Australian hospital in a delicate operation that divided their shared liver and reconstructed their abdomens. SENT: 170 words, photos.




ELECTION 2018-FLORIDA —Republican Gov. Rick Scott has alleged — without citing evidence — that elections officials in South Florida are trying to “steal” the election for Democrats as razor-thin margins raise the specter of recounts and court battles in the state’s races for Senate and governor. By Brendan Farrington. SENT: 950 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Updates.

ELECTION 2018-GOVERNOR-GEORGIA — Republican Brian Kemp is behaving like he’s the next governor of Georgia, even though his Democratic rival Stacey Abrams insists there are votes left to count. By Bill Barrow and Kate Brumback. SENT: 910 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates and 900 words by 5 p.m. With ELECTION 2018-GEORGIA-PROVISIONAL BALLOTS — Provisional ballots key to Georgia governor’s race. SENT: 820 words, photos. See more Election 2018 coverage below.

ELECTION 2018-SENATE-ARIZONA — As the Arizona Senate vote count starts to tip into Democratic terrain, a judge Friday will hear a lawsuit by the GOP seeking to limit the tally — or expand it in the state’s conservative-leaning rural areas. SENT: 675 words. UPCOMING: Updates and 700 words by 8 p.m. following 5 p.m. hearing.




TRUMP-IMMIGRATION — The Trump administration says it will deny asylum to migrants who enter the country illegally, invoking extraordinary presidential national security powers to tighten the border as caravans of Central Americans slowly approach the United States. SENT: 920 words. UPCOMING: Developing from morning announcement, 900 words by 4 p.m., photos.

TRUMP-MEDIA — President Donald Trump claims a video the White House released depicting contact between a staffer and a CNN reporter was not altered. He tells reporters that the video distributed by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders of Jim Acosta was simply a “close up.” But a frame-by-frame comparison with an Associated Press video of the same incident shows the one tweeted by Sanders appears have been sped up to make Acosta’s arm movement as he makes contact with an intern more threatening. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated, 400 words by 2 p.m., photos, video

TRUMP-PARIS — President Donald Trump heads to Paris on a post-midterm election trip to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated, arrival expected at 3:50 p.m. EST.

MEDICARE-NEW BENEFITS —Seniors in many states will be able to get additional services like help with chores, safety devices and respite for caregivers next year through private “Medicare Advantage” insurance plans. It’s a sign of potentially big changes for Medicare. Medicare estimates seniors in some 20 states will have access to plans with expanded benefits. SENT: 900 words, photo.

UNITED STATES-CHINA — Even as the United States and China butt heads over trade, their top diplomats and defense chiefs will be meeting in Washington Friday looking to tamp down tensions on other issues that have put a chill on relations between the two world powers. SENT: 530 words. UPCOMING: Updates after 12:30 p.m. news conference, 650 words by 5 p.m., photos.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — Special counsel Robert Mueller laid low for the last month, bringing no new charges in the month before the election. But he’s expected to resurface again in the coming weeks just as his probe into the Trump campaign falls under the supervision of a Justice Department official and Trump loyalist who’s been openly skeptical about Mueller’s authority. By Eric Tucker, Jonathan Lemire and Chad Day. SENT: 1,115 words, photos.

TRUMP-TAXES — Getting President Donald Trump’s tax returns is high on the list of Democratic priorities now that they have won the House. By law, the leaders of tax-writing committees in the House and Senate can obtain tax returns and related information from the Internal Revenue Service. That sets up the possibility of a legal battle that could take years to resolve. SENT: 1200 words, photo.




CALIFORNIA BAR SHOOTING-GUNMAN — Neighbors of Ian David Long described the man who shot and killed 12 people at a country music bar as distant in public but combative with his mother inside the suburban Los Angeles home the two shared. SENT: 685 words, photos; CALIFORNIA BAR SHOOTING-VEGAS SURVIVORS — Barely a year after surviving a massacre at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Brendan Kelly found himself in a terrifyingly familiar scene. Kelly says he was dancing with friends at a bar in suburban Los Angeles on Wednesday night when bullets began flying. SENT: 825 words, photos. RECENT MASS SHOOTINGS-GLANCE (sent).

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE — A fast-moving wildfire ravaged a Northern California town Thursday. It sent residents racing to escape on roads that turned into tunnels of fire as thick smoke blanketed the daytime sky with darkness. Cal Fire Capt. Scott McLean said thousands of structures in the town of Paradise were destroyed, essentially decimating the community in a single day. By Don Thompson and Jocelyn Gecker. SENT: 975 words, photos. With: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Portions of Southern California remained under siege as two large fires threatened numerous Ventura County communities. SENT: 135 words; CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE-THE LATEST.

WHITAKER-SENATOR’S PROSECUTION— Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has been accused of unfairly targeting a gay Democratic state senator when he was a federal prosecutor in Iowa. Whitaker pursued an attempted extortion case against Matt McCoy in 2007, alleging the lawmaker tried to shake down a businessman for payments. But the case fell apart at trial, and McCoy was quickly acquitted. SENT: 950 words.




ARMISTICE WEEKEND — Victors and vanquished from World War I meet this weekend to mark the centennial of the armistice, and the biggest ceremony will be at Arc de Triomphe in Paris where some 60 leaders will mark the cease-fire. By Raf Casert. SENT: 470 words, photos. With: MACRON-ANALYSIS — It’s a weakened Emmanuel Macron who’ll be hosting U.S. President Donald Trump, Russia’s Vladimir Putin and other world leaders at commemorations in Paris to mark the end of World War I. The French president’s domestic popularity is at a new low. By Sylvie Corbet. SENT: 550 words, photos.

MIGRANT CARAVAN — Thousands of Central American migrants decided to depart Mexico City early Friday and head toward the northern city of Tijuana, opting for the longer but likely safer route to the U.S. border. The decision made in a Mexico City stadium, where roughly 5,000 migrants have spent the past few days resting and debating to how to proceed with their journey, came shortly after caravan representatives met with officials from the local United Nations office and demanded buses to take them to the border. By Maria Verza and Christopher Sherman. SENT: 850 words, photos.

SOMALIA-BOMB BLASTS— Three car bombs by Islamic extremists exploded outside a hotel in the capital, Mogadishu, killing at least 10 people and injuring 15, said police. SENT: 150 words, developing.

AUSTRALIA-MELBOURNE-SHOOTING — Australian police say they believe an attack by a knife-wielding man who stabbed three people, one fatally, in the country’s second-largest city is linked to terrorism. The attack during the Friday afternoon rush hour brought central Melbourne to a standstill. By Trevor Marshallsea. SENT: 430 words, photos. With: AUSTRALIA-MELBOURNE SHOOTING-THE LATEST.

YEMEN— Most of the population of Yemen’s Hodeida has been forced to flee amid a Saudi-led coalition offensive to take the key Red Sea port city from Shiite rebels, the United Nations’ refugee agency said Friday, as fierce battles continue to rage in the area. SENT: 500 words, photo.

ISRAEL-EINSTEIN’S FEARS — More than a decade before the Nazis seized power in Germany, Albert Einstein was on the run and already fearful for his country’s future, according to a newly revealed handwritten letter that goes up for auction next week. By Aron Heller. SENT: 735 words, photo.

PHILIPPINES-IMELDA MARCOS — A Philippine court has found former first lady Imelda Marcos guilty of graft and ordered her arrest in a rare conviction among many corruption cases that she’s likely to appeal to avoid jail and losing her seat in Congress. The court sentenced the 89-year-old Marcos for violating an anti-corruption law when she funneled about $200 million to Swiss foundations in the 1970s. Marcos did not attend the court hearing. By Jim Gomez. SENT: 570 words, photos.




KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE — A federal judge in Montana has blocked construction of the $8 billion Keystone XL Pipeline to allow more time to study the project’s potential environmental impact. SENT: 230 words, updates upcoming.

NEW YORK-E-CIGARETTES — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is planning on requiring strict limits on the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes, including age verification controls for online sales, in an effort to curtail their use among children and teenagers. SENT: 295 words, photo.

NERDWALLET-VETERANS-STUDENT RIGHTS — Veterans and active-duty service members who have student loans can access repayment benefits that may help them avoid default. These benefits include repayment options, loan forgiveness opportunities and a lower interest rate. By Anna Helhoski. UPCOMING: 750 words by 11 a.m., photo.

CHINA-STOCK MARKET BLUES — China’s government is trying to dispel stock market gloom and talk up prices with promises of tax cuts and a media campaign led by its economic czar. The market benchmark plummeted 30 percent before a slight rebound but remains the world’s worst performer this year. That is a blow to communist leaders who are trying to shore up economic growth and fight a tariff war with the U.S. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 1,285 words, photos.




FASHION-VICTORIA’S SECRET SHOW — The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has given model Adriana Lima an emotional send-off for her 18th and final trip down the runway at the annual extravaganza. Lima wore long white feather “angel wings” and bowed her head in thanks during the show’s taping Thursday in downtown Manhattan. The show will be broadcast Dec. 2 on ABC and in 190 countries around the world. By Alicia Rancilio. SENT: 445 words, photos.




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